Frank Southers & Antoinette van Heugten

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This week, we speak to two local novelist about their latest work: Frank R. Southers about his novel The Grievance Committee, and Antoinette van Heugten about her latest novel The Tulip Eaters.

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Frank R. Southers is well-qualified to write about the Texas Lawyer Disciplinary System because he served in San Antonio on the Grievance Committee for 10 years, the last 6 as Chairperson. Since then he has represented complainants, accused lawyers, and witnesses.

As an Adjunct Professor of Law for 20 years at St. Mary’s University School of Law, Mr. Southers taught Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury Law, Personal Injury Practice, and Legal Malpractice.

Certified as a Personal Injury Trial Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he has also filled many leadership roles, such as Chair of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas and President of the San Antonio Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

He graduated from St. Mary’s University with a B.A. in English and graduated magnum cum laude from St. Mary’s University School of Law at age 22. Mr. Southers has also been named as a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine. He co-authored a legal treatise, “Texas Workers’ Compensation Desk Book,” and has written many legal articles covering such topics as Evidence, Trial Practice, Civil Procedure, Medical Malpractice, Mediation, Legal Malpractice, and Grievance Law. Now, Mr. Southers has turned to writing fiction, especially about lawyers—with “The Grievance Committee—Book One” as the first in the series.

While he was fine-tuning his writings, he was in 2010 diagnosed with cancer (a sarcoma on the right side of his neck, just below the ear). For 25 days, he received daily radiation at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Four weeks later, surgeons removed the remaining mass of tissue and successfully transferred his right pectoral muscle to cover the void on the neck. Periodic tests demonstrate that he is now cancer free.

Although raised in San Antonio, Mr. Southers now resides in Austin with his wife, Dr. Linda R. Southers, PhD. and their two dogs. Learn more about Frank and his work by visiting his website
A former international trial lawyer, Antoinette van Heugten spent 15 years practicing all over the world, primarily in Scandinavia, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as in Houston, her hometown. She’s a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, where she earned her undergraduate and law degrees.

The Tulip Eaters is van Heugten’s second novel. Her debut novel, Saving Max, was a USA Today bestseller, translated into six languages and received much critical acclaim. Inspired by her real-life experience as the mother of two autistic children, Saving Max follows a single mother whose teenage son has Asperger’s syndrome and becomes the primary suspect in a gruesome murder case.

In her latest book, The Tulip Eaters, van Heugten follows Nora de Jong as she returns home from work to find her mother brutally murdered and infant daughter missing. The only clue is the body of a dead stranger, clutching a Luger in his hand. Launching a frantic search for her missing daughter, de Jong is forced to confront the roots of her family’s secret past in World War II, leading her to Amsterdam, where her own haunting memories flood back.

When not thinking up new ways to kill off her characters, van Heugten enjoys long hikes with her dog, gardening and traveling. She is currently working on her next novel, Finding Marianne, the sequel to Saving Max. She lives in Fredericksburg, Texas, with her husband, a former prominent oil and gas trial lawyer. You can learn more about Antoinette by visiting her website

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